A population of around 90 million people makes Ethiopia the second largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has grown rapidly in the past decade, with among the lowest income inequality in Africa. And has achieved major social progress: in the last five years Ethiopia has made very significant reductions in child mortality, rolled out an innovative social safety net to protect some of the nation’s most vulnerable people, and put several million more children into primary school.

Around a quarter of Ethiopians still live in extreme poverty. So the Government of Ethiopia has set the goal of reaching middle-income status by 2025 while making sure that the benefits of growth reach all parts of society. To meet this ambitious aim the country will need to develop its manufacturing industry, allowing it to drive productive job creation and sustainable growth.

This is a moment of opportunity for Ethiopia, and we are supporting the government to implement its economic development vision and continue to improve the lives of the Ethiopian people. An AGI funded team is working in partnership with senior leaders and their staff at the heart of government, contributing to the government's latest efforts to strengthen the administration’s programme management, analysis and coordination capabilities. This is needed to ensure the government is equipped to meet the next set of challenges and continue to accelerate the country's progress in areas like private sector development.

Life expectancy increased by fifteen years from forty-eight in 1992 to sixty-three years in 2012, and poverty was halved in two decades. This is partly the result of the country’s distinctive development path and bold experiment in industrial policy.
Arkebe Oqubay, Minister and Special Advisor to the Ethiopian Prime Minister


Sebastien Frendo, AGI's Country Head in Ethiopia, shares his first-hand experience of the potential of manufacturing to grow the economy and reduce poverty in Ethiopia.
AGI’s patron Tony Blair goes to Africa to help strengthen AGI’s growing reputation on the continent as a partner of choice in helping Governments drive national development.


Ethiopia's GDP has increased by 75% over the last decade and poverty rates have fallen substantially.


Just over half of Ethiopia now has access to electricity - the government aims to increase this number.


The government aims to create 50,000 new jobs at Bole Lemi industrial park in the next five years.

AGI In Action

Apr 2015


What have AGI teams achieved since 2008? Here's some practical examples #gpf15

23rd April 2015

Progress in #Ethiopia could be good for the whole Horn of Africa says @ForeignAffairs #globaldev

15th April 2015

Mar 2015


AGI in Ethiopia

A population of around 90 million people makes Ethiopia the second largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Find out how AGI is supporting the government to grow the economy and reduce poverty.
25th March 2015

Africa is bigger than China, the US, India and Western Europe put together, check out @VoxMaps

18th March 2015

Bulldozers, tractors and cranes are the signs of economic boom in #Ethiopia @nytimes #globaldev

4th March 2015
The best thing about working here is that AGI, as an organisation, doesn’t have any preconceived agenda – because we are working on the priorities of the government. And I think that is the best way.

Eden Getachew

Governance Advisor, Ethiopia
2nd March 2015

Feb 2015


Gluten-free and high in calcium, iron & protein – Teff from Ethiopia is hailed as a superfood @dw_english

27th February 2015

Mapping Africa (& the world) by population size gives you a different perspective:

18th February 2015

Jan 2015

Dec 2014

Nov 2014


Can farming in Ethiopia be successfully commercialized? @BBCAfrica #globaldev

24th November 2014

Here's a snapshot of what AGI and our partner governments have done since AGI was set up in 2008 #globaldev

19th November 2014

Oct 2014


A look at Ethiopia's textile industry by @TheEconomist #globaldev

29th October 2014

Sep 2014


Why we support AGI - SPF

Niclas Kjellström-Matseke, CEO of the Swedish Postcode Lottery, explains why the foundation has supported AGI since 2010.
30th September 2014